Kyrgyz som (KGS)
Kyrgyzstan introduced a visa-free regime for citizens of 44 countries up to 60 days. That makes the travelling more easier and attractive.
Citizens of the countries listed below intending to visit Kyrgyzstan up to 50 days do not need obtaining entry visa to Kyrgyzstan: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.
Citizens of the following CIS countries also can enter Kyrgyzstan visa free: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.
For other countries is required to obtain Kyrgyzstan entry visa at the any Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad. If there is no embassy or representation of Kyrgyz Republic in the country, visa can be obtained in Russian or Kazakh Embassy or at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the airport of Bishkek upon arrival. The mentioned above embassies provide Kyrgyzstan visa only in case if there is an invitation/visa support provided by a company of the country of destination.
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The Kyrgyz Republic is a uniquely beautiful mountainous country in Central Asia with pristine valleys, crystal clear mountain lakes and majestic mountain rivers. It is a magical land with a people known as the Kyrgyz and who have preserved their rich and diverse cultural heritage for decades.
Kyrgyzstan has glorious landscapes sparsely populated with semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherd cultures. Most of the wonders are remote and located at high altitude which is why it is essential to get your travel timing right.
Summer is the best time to visit if you want to experience the lakeside life near Issyk-Köl which is the world's second-largest alpine lake after Lake Titicaca in South America. Late Spring and Summer also good for trekking, hiking and ansents. Winter is great for skiing adventure travel style breaks.
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kyrgyzstan
- The Kyrgyz’s kindness and hospitality – the nomad clans of Kyrgyzstan are famous for their hospitality. There’s never a shortage of yurts to find comfortable shelter in. Decorated with traditional felt carpets and embroidered handiwork, yurts offer cozy shelter during cool nights in mountain meadows at high altitudes.
- Delicious ethnic food – if you enjoy a bit of beef, lamb, or goat then you’ll loved the grass-fed meats.
- Tien Shan and Pamir-Alai mountain ranges – there are plenty of trails for hiking enthusiasts and horseback riders. Climbers can ascend the famous Pobeda and Khan Tengri Peaks which are over 7000m above the ground.
- National parks and forest preserves – Kyrgyzstan has over 50 national parks and forest preserves. Tourist can enjoy foot, bicycle, or horseback tours.
- Mountain Lakes – visit the resorts and guest houses surrounding Lake Issyk-Kul – the second deepest lake in the world, at 668 meters and enjoy saline lake that never freezes. You can sail on the lake or soak in the views, mountain-sea breezes, clean air, sunshine and hot springs or mud treatments.
5 Activities to Enjoy in Kyrgyzstan
- Hiking – Kyrgyzstan is ideal for the trekking and outdoor fanatics because of its marvelous scenery and good weather.
- Mountaineering – with almost much of Kyrgyzstan’s territory is covered by mountains belonging to the Tien Shan and Pamir mountain ranges. It’s a mountaineers and climbers’ paradise.
- Cycling – Kyrgyzstan has several dirt and gravel roads, vertical climbs and steep descents which make for great mountain biking
- Horseback riding – horse riding is the way most people in Kyrgyzstan get around. You can explore the terrain on horseback and really live the ‘Wild Wild West’ dream.
- Hunting with eagles – a cultural hallmark of the Kyrgyz, you can trail to hunt with the aid of a real eagle.
5 Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan
- The Great Silk Road – the key trade route linking the eastern and western civilization along the Great Silk Road passes through Kyrgyzstan and tourists can enjoy these historical routes and World Heritage Sites such as the Manas Epos, etc.
- Bishkek and Osh – Bishkek is the capital city of Kyrgyzstan and has major shopping centers. It is also known for its large wholesale and retail market called Dordoy Bazaar. Ala-Too Square is the main city square where you will find the State Historical Museum. Osh which is known as the capital of the south is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley. Osh is also famous for grand sites such as the Cave Museum. In both Bishkek, you’ll discover a thriving metropolis with many top-rated hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and cafés.
- Museum in Karakol – this museum has wonderful Scythian bronze artifacts, local tools and musical instruments.
- Suleiman Too – the sacred five-peaked rocky crag looms above the city and has been a Muslim place of pilgrimage for centuries. It is believed the Prophet Mohammed once prayed there.
- The Seven Bulls – this ridge of ferric-red sandstone cliffs is a natural wonder of Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan’s surreal atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes makes it one of Central Asia’s best travel destinations. If you truly desire an out-of-the-ordinary adventure then you’re bound to love the hospitality of the Kyrgyz people and appreciate their unique culture.
The overall climate of Kyrgyzstan is continental. Summers are hot and winters are cold. Kyrgyzstan is landlocked with a huge variety in elevation and terrain. Spring is around March to May, summer between May and September, autumn from September to December, and winter from December to February.